Microsoft’s Spencer respects Sony’s dedication to original games, admires clear vision for PS4 launch

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In a new interview with Phil Spencer, the Microsoft Studios corporate vice-president has told OXM that he respects Sony Computer Entertainment’s dedication to invest in original games, while continuing to back the development of creative titles despite low potential for high sales.

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Specifically making reference to Quantic Dream, Spencer said:

“Sony – and I’m focused on first-party because of what I do – I really respect their focus on investing in new things and creative things, what they’ve done with David Cage and Quantic Dream around Beyond and Heavy Rain – they stay committed to franchises even if they don’t sell ten million units, they’ll stay committed to things… I think that long-term commitment to franchises is important, where it’s easy to pull off the Band-Aid and move onto the next thing [if it doesn’t sell]. I respect their ‘stick-to-it-iveness’.”

This dedication to creative games can also be seen with other PlayStation exclusives including Ico, Shadow of the Colossus and the upcoming Last Guardian, as well as the more recent Puppeteer from Sony Japan. As for the launch of the PlayStation 4 in relation to Microsoft’s roll-out of the Xbox One, Spencer said:

“I’ll say, they’ve done a nice job with PS4 […] When I think about their announcement, their clear focus on a customer, leading with the value proposition of what they’re trying to do, staying true to a vision, I think they’ve done a nice job in how they defined the PS4.”

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Spencer also had praise for Nintendo, saying that the company’s first-party “is such an amazing asset. Their first party studios and [intellectual property] can lead what they do as a company and the platforms are almost in service to the IP – not in a bad way.”

Simply saying these things out loud and admiring Microsoft’s rivals’ approaches to original first-party games doesn’t mean that the company will follow their examples – will Microsoft Studios take the launch of the Xbox One as its chance to announce more exclusive first-party intellectual property over and above Halo, Fable, Forza and even Crackdown?

Source: OXM

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